PTSD Awareness Month: Texas fire and rescue department launches program to help each other

  • Source: KCEN-TV NBC 6 Temple
  • Published: 06/02/2021 12:00 AM

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition caused by experiencing a traumatic event and effects both military and civilians alike. According to WebMD, nearly eight percent of adults will develop PTSD at some point in their lives. Doctor Sam Fiala, an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University Central Texas, said the last 15 months has been hard on a lot of people. "It's been tough for people who have already been struggling with mental health issues, the added contextual stress that everybody shared was an extra burden," he said. A new program being rolled out by Temple Fire & Rescue called Critical Incident Stress Management is aimed at giving first responders the tools and skills to assist fellow responders cope and recover from traumatic stress.


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